Question Need a laptop or Desktop for Day Trading.

Pavel Pokidaylo

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Hello. I am looking for a Laptop or Desktop for my father. He just retired and wants to try his hand at day trading but his current laptop is old and slow.

At first he heard somewhere that he would need a powerful gaming laptop with a high end video card for this endeavor but I know that's false. I'm looking for something between $400 to $1000 for him. A Laptop would probably be a better option but if the price of a desktop is much lower then we'll go with a desktop.

Here's what I need it to have and a few questions about.

1. If it's a laptop he needs it to have a large screen like 17 inch because of poor eyesight.

2. I was told that while the video card isn't important, but outputs are. You need to have the outputs for multi monitor support but what about a splitter?

3. I was told RAM is important because he is going to have a lot of things open at the same time. Now my question about this is this. Is 16GB enough or should we aim for 32GB? Also is DDR3 good enough or do we want DDR4?

4. A decent processor would be nice. I heard Ryzen CPUs are good for trading because they have more cores?

5. SSD is a must, doesn't have to be the fastest one though I think just about any current SSD would do.

6. This is probably the most important thing. I need this thing to have multi monitor support as he intends on having at least 2 monitors and the laptop screen or maybe 3 monitors with the desktop. Again, would this be possible with an integrated GPU on the mobo or is a dedicated GPU a must?

7. If it's a desktop I want to just get him something prebuilt and not go through the headache of having it assembled. Something small would be better.

That's about all I can think of for now. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
 
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Pavel Pokidaylo

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https://www.newegg.com/black-fractal-design-node-202-mini-itx/p/N82E16811352058
Fractal Design Node 202 Black Slim Profile Mini-ITX Computer Case $79.99

https://www.newegg.com/seasonic-core-series-core-gm-500-500w/p/N82E16817151242
Seasonic CORE GM-500, 500W 80+ Gold, Semi-Modular, Fan Control in Silent and Cooling Mode $79.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144400
MSI H510I PRO WIFI $129.99

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1621134-REG/intel_bx8070811500_core_i5_11500_2_7_ghz.html
Intel Core i5-11500 $214.95

https://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NH-L9x65-Premium-Low-Profile-Cooler/dp/B00VB3Y89E
Noctua NH-L9x65, Premium Low-Profile CPU Cooler $54.95

https://www.newegg.com/ballistix-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820164176
Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 $88.99

https://www.newegg.com/team-group-1tb-cx2/p/N82E16820331561
Team Group CX2 2.5" 1TB SATA III 3D NAND Internal SSD $83.99

https://www.amazon.com/HP-23-8-inch-Adjustment-Speakers-VH240a/dp/B072M34RQC/
HP VH240a 23.8-Inch Full HD 1080p IPS LED Monitor with Built-In Speakers and VESA Mounting, Rotating Portrait & Landscape, Tilt, and HDMI & VGA Ports $124.99

Total: $858

https://www.newegg.com/ballistix-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820164177
Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz 32GB (16GBx2) $175.99

Faster SSD.

https://www.newegg.com/team-group-mp33-1tb/p/N82E16820331417
Team Group MP33 M.2 2280 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3 3D NAND Internal SSD $97.99

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/get-windows-10-free-or-cheap,5717.html
How to Get Windows 10 for Free (or Under $30)

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/H510I-PRO-WIFI
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, Bluetooth 5.1

Thanks for the reply man. I always like to have a gaming PC built from parts but he just wants an assembled computer.
 

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